A staff member and customer at a Skegness café have been credited with saving the life of a seven-week-old baby after the infant stopped breathing.
Nina Pichel-Juan, 51, from the Tower Café, in Lumley Road, Skegness, and diner David Chamberlain, 53, of Skegness, leapt into action after hearing cries for help from the baby’s loved ones.
The family had been holidaying in Skegness from Warwickshire over the August Bank Holiday weekend and had visited the eatery as a last stop before heading home.
David performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on the youngster, Jayden Jones, while Nina dialled 999 and waited outside for the emergency services to arrive.
However, before the paramedics had reached the business, Jayden had started to breathe again.
Jayden’s grandmother Diane Jones, 51, said the family would be ‘eternally grateful’ for the pair’s efforts.
Jayden was kept overnight at Boston’s Pilgrim Hospital for monitoring but is said by the family to now be ‘doing well’.
Of the family’s gratitude, Diane said: “I can’t even put it into words. It could have all been so different.”
She added: “They definitely saved his life.”
Diane said she and Jayden’s mum, Kimberley, 23, have now been trained in how to administer CPR on a baby.
David learned CPR as part of his voluntary role with the Lincolnshire and Lindsey Blind Society.
He spoke of events happening in a blur.
He said: “I didn’t ask them where they were from, anything.”
He added: “Afterwards, I went outside for a cigarette and just burst into tears.”
Nina said: “It was very emotional, even now thinking about it. I’m just glad we did manage to save him.”
Tower Café manager Mandy Boyers said: “I’m just amazed about how well they reacted in such an urgent situation.”
She added: “The whole situation was dealt with in a professional way.”